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Why Is My Dog Sitting On Me? Five Possible Reasons

"Have you ever asked yourself, 'Why is this dog sitting on me, even though there's a comfortable spot next to me?' Is it just out of cuteness, or is there some real motivation behind why your dog is sitting or lying on you? The truth is that some dogs lie on you just for fun, while others have a driving force that causes this behavior. Here are five reasons why your dog may be sitting on you rather than next to you, and some practical information on when to let your dog sit on your lap and when not.

Spreading Their Smell

The purpose of some dogs to sit on your "seat on the couch" or roll all over the couch is to spread their scent and show that you belong to them. When they feel like that's not enough, they move to sit on you. Most dog owners don't think much of this behavior at first, but it's important to notice if this behavior becomes a pattern. If your dog does this behavior after another dog has visited your home or after that dog has gone outside, dog owners may need to pay a little more attention to their puppies. Paying extra attention to this issue will help your dog reassure himself that he belongs entirely to you and prevent unwanted markings around the house.

Relationship between breed and behavior

Some dog breeds are very affectionate and need to be in your area at all times. Great Danes, for example, are considered gentle giants and are known to show special affection towards children. So it's normal for a large dog to try to sit on a small lap as a way of bonding and protecting his playmate.

Domination

When you encounter a new dog, you can ask yourself whether the dog is sitting to establish dominance over you. If you've recently added a new dog to your family, one of them may sit on you to claim being the alpha dog. When dogs sit on people, they usually sit higher up and feel more in control. If you notice your dog barking or growling at other pets while sitting on your lap, this may be a sign that he or she needs to assert dominance. If this behavior becomes more frequent or aggressive, it's time to talk to your veterinarian about ways to deal with the issue. However, this is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for most dogs and there is no need to worry.

They Just Want to Have Fun

Both male and female dogs sometimes sit on their owners just for entertainment purposes. This sitting may be accompanied by some rolling around on your lap and even making playful noises. This will result in a lightweight wrestling match with your dog, followed by him kissing you as if he just came out of the shower. So let it sit on your lap and enjoy the funny moments you will experience together!

Hug Time

Sometimes during the day, dog owners say, "I wish there was a dog sitting on me." They may think like this. After a long workday or a stressful event, many dog ÔÇőÔÇőowners enjoy the relief of having a dog on their lap or in their arms. Dogs and people can spend quality time together when they share the space on the sofa. So, rather than encouraging your dog to lie down next to you or on the floor, lay him on your lap, cuddle him and enjoy this moment.

There may be various reasons why dogs sit on you, but one thing is for sure; Having a dog always so close to you will make your days more enjoyable!

Chrissie Klinger

Chrissie Klinger

Chrissie Klinger is an educator and author, as well as a mother of two children, three dogs, and three cats. Her dog, Jake, loves sitting on her lap every chance he gets! He enjoys an active and eco-friendly life in rural Pennsylvania.

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